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Cartels blamed for high drug prices

Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) chairman Paul Mwaniki. He has said: “We are not opposed to parallel importation. We are opposed to illegal importation. The people who are saying they are doing parallel imports are not following the guidelines, so it’s being done illegally. If they follow the existing guidelines, we have no problem.” FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

 

Source: Daily Nation

By SAMWEL BORN MAINA

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cartels in the pharmaceuticals sector are colluding with multinationals to inflate the prices of common drugs in Kenya, the Sunday Nation has learnt.

The Ministry of Health and the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) are engaged in a blame game over drug pricing — which in some cases are at 500 per cent more than in other countries.

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia lays the blame on PSK, which he claims has been opposed to parallel importation of drugs.

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